Dear Traitorously Phillip,
My neighbor has left his holdings unwatched, and his sheep are grazing close to my lands. What is an appropriate number to steal, and how should I best conceal my activities?
Sheepless in Seattle.
It’s best not to be overly greedy. But being underly greedy is even worse. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to put a spin on their deplorable lack of ambition.
Merely remove a handful of sheep from their flock, not directly of course, through a hireling or servant to maintain future plausible deniability. A few sheep might believably have been taken by wolves or ruffians. And their loss will teach your neighbor a valuable lesson about the importance of tending their flock. The theft will likely save them many shillings in the long run.
Remember, traitors always prosper!